To the asswipe that sawed the catalytic converter off the CR-V today while it was parked at the train station. And thanks to the local PD for patrolling the area so well.

Date posted: July 31, 2014 | Filed under Baltimore, honda | Leave a Comment »

Sleepy party girl

We flew back into Baltimore at midnight last night, after about an hour’s delay on the ground, and got to the house after 1AM and a bumpy cab ride. Our plans to explore Kansas City on Monday were curtailed by a 102° fever, unfortunately, so we missed Legoland and the science center, although we were able to check out the King Tut exhibit and Union Station before an afternoon party and a dip in the hotel pool.

Town-Topic Hamburgers

Kansas City really impressed us. Everyplace we looked was clean, well-maintained, and dynamic. We ate like royalty, from breakfast to barbecue, and sampled artisinal ice cream and locally brewed beer. And it was great to meet our new extended family, who made us all feel welcome. Apart from the flight delays, the whole trip was a pleasure.

After a trip to the Target clinic this morning, we found that Finn is most likely suffering from Coxsackievirus, which is treated syptomatically, meaning there is a lot of cold fruit and yogurt on hand for Finn. If she’s feeling better tomorrow morning, she gets to go back to camp and life will return to normal.

Date posted: July 29, 2014 | Filed under photo, travel | Leave a Comment »

Hmm. i don’t know how much I agree with some of the choices on this list, but, Deadspin wrote a list of 18 Overrated Beers.

Date posted: July 28, 2014 | Filed under brewing, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »






Date posted: July 26, 2014 | Filed under family, photo | Leave a Comment »

Its 7:59 local time and we’ve all had 3 hours of sleep. Our 9:30 flight didn’t leave the gate until 11:55 last night, and the KC airport is 30 minutes from our hotel. Circadian rhythms had us all up early for bland hotel breakfast, so were all wrung out and grouchy. Look out Kansas City, here we come…

First Flight!

Date posted: July 25, 2014 | Filed under travel | Leave a Comment »

I haven’t played bass much in the past couple of years, but I’m still very interested in vintage instruments. Here’s a great place to scratch the retro itch.

Date posted: July 21, 2014 | Filed under music, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

View from the roof

That bit of fence you see on the far right was invisible on Friday evening. The whole right side of the garage roof was covered with two layers of canopy from the trees above. Wires hung above the fence line were fouled with the branches of fast-growing (maple? birch?) which were multiplying and threatening our phone and cable service with every strong gust of wind. I got to work with arbor saw from the roof of the garage and took the high stuff down, then continued taking them down from ground level. My electrician neighbor assured me none of the wires on that pole carry power, so I gingerly trimmed and sawed and hacked until I’d cleared three small trees out with a handsaw, ending when I was faced with stuff too tall to drop alone. When I was done, I built a pile of brush the size of an import sedan next to the driveway. Having that area clear makes a huge visual difference from the road as well as from the backyard.

Lots of other stuff happened this weekend, including a river birthday party, garage reorganization, a long-needed gutter cleaning on the east side, and a backyard screening of Despicable Me 2.

Backyard cinema

Sunday continued with more work: a trench dug in our backyard in preparation for the addition of hardwired power (The house came with knob and tube hung from porcelain insulators off the office porch, which the building inspector made us remove before we moved in. I’ve been making do with an extension cord run from the greenhouse, which has hardwired power, for five years. My electrician neighbor looked at it and told me it would be a snap to run wire from the greenhouse to the garage, so I busted out the shovels!) Finn and I saddled up the bike train and rode downtown for some lunch, and then took the scenic route home.

Then we tuned up her starter bike, checking the tires and adjusting the seat and handlebars for her size. After that I was beat, so we came in and read books for about two hours, taking turns reading each page. She’s getting better, and faster, and I finally recorded about two of her books on video. Then we made two pizzas from scratch (homemade dough!), and after she went to bed, I kegged the hefeweizen.

This morning I’m paying for it in aches and pains, but it feels damn good to get all of that done.

Date posted: July 21, 2014 | Filed under finn, friends, house, photo | Leave a Comment »

Scout rails

→ This is a syndicated post from my Scout weblog. More info here.

Date posted: July 20, 2014 | Filed under Future Plans, Purchasing, Scout | Comments Off on Looks Like I’ve Got Some Drilling To Do.

Date posted: July 16, 2014 | Filed under humor | Leave a Comment »

I have a 5-year-old son who hates losing. I don’t mean this as a compliment. He BLOWS at losing.

Drew Magary at Deadspin, writing about kids and competition:

This is competition as an institution, feeding itself at the expense of your kid’s enthusiasm. Sure, the kid will learn to hate everything, but at least she’ll be fucking competitive.

Date posted: July 16, 2014 | Filed under general, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »